Gift Guide: "Expensive-Looking" Items that are Actually Under $100

The value of your gift really isn’t the point of gifting. Or is it?

 

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Maybe we don’t have a super high budget for every single gift we’re getting (well, maybe because we have too many friends you know?). But even so, we don’t want any one of them to think we’re being cheap, #AmIRight? So in this post, I’ve gathered some gift options that are all under $100, although they may actually appear to be more expensive!

Jewelry Pieces from ADORE

I recently learned about ADORE, a jewelry brand that features crystals from Swarovski. Most of the products are marked at a friendly price point and many are below $100! Because the designs are generally minimalistic, they look elegant, and the crystals elevate the overall appearance.

The pieces come in a nice dust bag and box, so they are presentable when it comes to gifting them, too.

Backpacks and Bags from Everlane

Everlane has been known to produce quality goods and to offer them at a fair price. My husband actually got the Nylon Commuter Backpack as a gift from his brother, and we thought it must have been pricey because the quality was amazing; we were both surprised to find out it was less than $70. He’s been using it almost every day for work. The design and choice of material makes the bag look more expensive than it really is. But also, because Everlane cuts out the middleman, they were able to mark the product at a lower price.

Vegan Makeup Products from lilah b.

(From top right, clockwise: Glisten + Glow Skin Illuminator, b. natural Flawless Finish Foundation, and b. true Divine Duo Lip &amp; Cheeks.

(From top right, clockwise: Glisten + Glow Skin Illuminator, b. natural Flawless Finish Foundation, and b. true Divine Duo Lip & Cheeks.

I recently became a fan of lilah b., a natural makeup brand that has one of the most beautiful, and practical, packaging I’ve ever come across! The packaging is amazing because it really doesn’t make a mess, which I can’t stand with some other makeup products sometimes. And because of the packaging, the products appear way more “expensive” than they are! If you pick out two items, or a set, you could still do it under $100.

My favorite product that I’ve used so far is the Glisten + Glow Skin Illuminator (it really gives you that healthy glow!) and the Divine Duo for Lips and Cheeks!

Self-care Products from Maggie Wu Studio

Libby from  @lifewithlibby  and I wearing Maggie Wu Studio’s  silk pieces , using the eye mask and the rose quartz roller from the  Celebrate You set . Photo by Ashley Gallerani.

Libby from @lifewithlibby and I wearing Maggie Wu Studio’s silk pieces, using the eye mask and the rose quartz roller from the Celebrate You set. Photo by Ashley Gallerani.

If you’ve been following my blog and Instagram for a while, then you’ve probably seen me in Maggie Wu Studio pieces at some point! Maggie is a good friend of mine and she has also been an inspiration to me since we started working together!

I think there is no better present to give to your loved ones than something that promotes “self-care,” which is why she put together her popular Celebrate You set that comes with a silk eye mask and a rose quartz roller. This set has been featured on VOGUE, ForbesMartha Stewart, Harper’s Bazaar China, and more! So trust me when I say, this is a great under-$100 gift option that looks extremely presentable (and expensive)!

Other great gift options include the Louise Clip-on Earrings and Lilly Bobby Pins.

 
 

Beauty Kits from Erno Laszlo

Luxury skincare brand Erno Laszlo is offering great holiday sets like The Art of Masking that are priced right below $100. My favorite sheet masks are from this brand, founded by Dr. Erno Laszlo, who was known to have worked with the most famous faces in Hollywood, including Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn!

On the website, you can also create your own kits of 3 or 5 pieces for $50 or $80 accordingly.

What other gifts do you think look more “expensive” than the actual price tag? Please share with me by leaving a comment below!

As usual, thank you for stopping by Happily Ever Style!

Love,

Tricia

 

Tricia Chen is co-founder of Key To Radiance. She loves having fresh flowers in her apartment, putting on face masks, savoring cupcakes and a daily cup of grande almond latte. She works in PR and Marketing, and is currently based in New York.

Skin Type: Combination skin with an oily T-zone area (forehead and nose). Changes in climate, diet and/or lack of sleep irritates skin and causes inflammation, which then leads to large pores. High moisture level required on dry cheeks.